English for Intermediate learners & Test Takers
Achieve fluency and accuracy in everyday English. Develop the 4 skills – listening, speaking, reading, and writing – by learning and practicing the language in real-life situations.
English is the largest language by a number of speakers, and the third most spoken native language in the world, after Standard Chinese and Spanish. It is the most widely learned second language and is either the official language or one of the official languages in almost 60 sovereign states.
General English focuses more on the day-to-day conversation and involves the use of basic vocabulary and grammar. It leans more on a casual tone.
Being able to express yourself in a new language, even in the most simple situations, can be challenging. Our General English course will provide you with the tools and knowledge to understand and communicate effectively in a wide variety of circumstances.
Who is this for?
This course is for people who have a basic knowledge of English and are looking to improve their English language skills.
How will you learn?
Each lesson contains videos, both tutor-based and from real-life situations. There are exercises that will improve your reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Practice sets are exercises that will focus on your areas of improvement.
What is the course structure?
The course is divided into 6 units. 15 lessons and 1 practice test in each unit.
What will you gain from this course?
You will have a deeper knowledge of the English language as well as its practical application in the different facets of your life. You’ll no longer be confused about tenses and other grammatical rules.
Your strong foundation in grammar will reflect in the way you speak and write. Your reading and writing style will become sharper and you’ll be able to apply the strategies you learned to make your communication simple, clear, and effective.
The five most widely-accepted English proficiency tests are TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, CPE, and PTE.
Students who are willing to apply to programs taught in English must provide proof of English proficiency as part of their applications. This ensures that they have the necessary English skills to understand academic writing, produce scholarly writing, and communicate effectively with their supervisor.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is probably the best-known and most commonly used English proficiency test. Along with the IELTS, it is one of the two tests that are usually accepted by American universities. The TOEFL was designed specifically to test knowledge of English as it is used in a college or university setting.
There are currently two formats: the internet-based test (iBT) and a new paper-delivered test that replaces the old paper-based test which is no longer administered. The internet-based test is done entirely on a computer, including the speaking portion of the test. Answers are recorded and evaluated by the graders.
Reading comprehension, listening comprehension, speaking, and written expression
Each section is worth 30 points for a maximum score of 120. Scores are good for two years.
Commonly required score:
Many universities require scores in the range of 90-100, which is equivalent to B2 in the Common European Framework (CEF) proficiency levels. Some universities also require a minimum score in each section in addition to a minimum overall score.
The cost of the test varies according to location, but $200 USD is average.
You can register to take the TOEFL at your nearest test centre.
How often: The test is administered on fixed dates more than 50 times a year.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is widely recognized by universities and employers around the world. There are two versions of the test: an academic version and a general training version. While universities require the academic version, the general training version is used by some government bodies for work and immigration permits.
Unlike the TOEFL, the speaking portion of the IELTS is done in person with an examiner. The IELTS has more diverse question formats as well, with a mix of multiple-choice, diagram labelling, matching, short answer, and sentence completion.
Listening (40 minutes), reading (60 minutes), writing (60 minutes), and speaking (11-14 minutes)
Scores range from 1 to 9 including half scores. The results are delivered within 13 days of taking the test and are valid for two years.
Commonly required score:
Many universities require scores in the range of 6-7, which is equivalent to B2/C1 in the CEF proficiency levels.
You can register to take the test at your local testing centre.
Testing centres usually offer the IELTS twice a month on the weekends.
The Cambridge exams are not as common globally as the TOEFL or IELTS, however, they are often required for admission to UK universities. The Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) is best suited to someone who is already confident in their English communication. As the name implies, it is an advanced test accepted as proof of C1 level English (equivalent to a score of 7-8 on the IELTS or 110-120 on the TOEFL).
The test can be done in person or on the computer, though not all test centres offer both versions. The questions are a mix of multiple-choice, fill in the blanks, and matching. The speaking test is done in person with another test taker and two examiners. One examiner conducts the test while the other evaluates you and the other test taker.
Reading and Use of English (90 minutes), writing (90 minutes), listening (40 minutes), speaking (15 minutes)
Test takers can earn a grade of (from lowest to highest) B2, C, B, or A. C is the lowest passing grade and those who score a B or A will earn a C1 Advanced certificate. This certificate and score do not expire.
Commonly required score:
Most universities require a grade of B or higher for admission.
The CAE costs around 150 EUR.
You can take the CAE at your nearest test centre. Both paper-based and computer-based tests can be done monthly.
This test can be taken monthly.
The Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English is the most advanced of these four exams. Like the CAE, this exam is often used in UK university admissions. It tests knowledge of English at the C2 level (equivalent to a score of 8.5-9 on the IELTS and above the maximum score of the TOEFL).
The test can be done in person or on the computer, though not all test centers offer both versions. The questions are a mix of multiple-choice, fill in the blanks, and matching. The speaking test is done in person with another test taker and two examiners. One examiner conducts the test while the other evaluates you and the other test taker.
Reading and Use of English (90 minutes), writing (90 minutes), listening (40 minutes), and speaking (16 minutes)
Test takers can earn a grade of (from lowest to highest) C1, C, B, or A. C is the lowest passing grade and those who score a B or A will earn a C2 Proficiency certificate. This certificate and score do not expire.
Commonly required score:
Most universities require a grade of C or higher for admission.
The CPE costs around 150 EUR.
You can register and take the test at your nearest test centre.
This test is only offered twice per year in June and December.